150 Series Toyota Prado Vs Volkswagen Toureg 2

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Since Volkswagen has now released the new 2012 Toureg or Toureg2 we thought it was time to do another comparison. This review is based on the Prado's and Toureg specifications as well as the usual showroom review.

The Toureg model was originally released in 2002 and was the first model by Volkswagen to target the medium to large SUV buyers. The Toureg is now positioned at the price point as the 150 series Prado which now better represents its brand.  

You should consider the Toureg if you want something conservatively style but with some off-road capability as well as something different from the popular choices. Of course you can have bragging rights (admittedly only for those who don't know any better) that a Porsche or Audi is based on the same platform. As a result it is not a prestige vehicle being just a Volkswagen since Volkwagen is the German equivalent of the Japanese Toyota.

Volkswagen Toureg 2
150 Series Toyota LandCruiser Prado

The best thing about the Volkswagen Toureg is the build quality. Both interior and exterior are very well built and use materials which are prestige car quality. The Toureg interior is easily a nicer place to be than the Prado. This is expected because the Toureg is the basis for the Porchse Cayenne and the Audi Q7 series.

The exterior of the Toureg however is a let down. The 2nd generation Toureg reviewed here still look completely conservative and inoffensive.

The Toureg is apparently very capable on and off road but clearly designed to live in the suburbs rather than crossing the outback.

However reliability and durability are still not commonly known. It's main flaw is that is requires at least 95 Octane unleaded if a petrol version and additional costs for the diesel which don't quite make up price difference. Then there is the typically high services costs regardless of engine choice being a Volkswagen which is empirically not as reliable as the Toyota. It's also made in Slovakia which isn't exactly a well known country for quality.

The final ironic thing about the Toureg and most new European cars is that they change $10-20,000 more for the same car with a tuned up turbo charger! You won't hear any one else complain or point out this 'marketing' gimmick. A few extra bits and pieces just does add up - we are being ripped off!

Last known pricing (RRP)
NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

Toyota Prado
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD

Volkswagen Toureg 2
2011 From $62,990 AUD





Landcruiser Prado (150 Series) Volkswagen Toureg 2

1GR-FE (modified)
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with Dual VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 203Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 380Nm @ 4400RPM

1KD-FTV (modified)
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2982cc)
Claimed 128Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 410Nm @ 1600-2800RPM

2TR-FE (modified)
IL4 DOHC Petrol
DOHC 16 valve with VVTi
2.7 Litre (2693cc)
Claimed 120Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 246Nm @ 3800RPM

V6 3.0 Diesel Version 1
V6 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2967cc)
Claimed 150Kw @ 4000 RPM
Claimed 400Nm @ 2000 RPM

V6 3.0 Diesel Version 2
V6 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2967cc)
Claimed 180Kw @ 4000 RPM
Claimed 550Nm @ 2000 RPM

V6 3.6 Petrol
V6 Petrol 95 premium only
Quad Cam 24 Velve
3.6 Litre (3597cc)
Claimed 206Kw @ 6200RPM
Claimed 360Nm @ 3000RPM

Weight (Kerb)  
2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
From 2067kg
Towing capacity up to 3500kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
Up to 100 litres
V6 diesel 1
V6 diesel 2
V6 petrol 10.1 per 100kms
Other specifications  
5 speed Auto or 6 speed manual
Overall height/width 1845/1890
Overall length/wheelbase 4930/2790
NCAP safety rating 4/5
8 speed Auto
Overall height/width 1732/1965
Overall length/wheelbase 4898/2904
NCAP safety rating 5/5
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
Drive system AWD
Minimum ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Drive system AWD
Minimum ground clearance xxxmm
Water Fording depth xxxmm Max
Performance Performance

Prado performance figures

V6 petrol 0 - 100kph 8.5 secs
V6 Diesel Ver 1 0 - 100kph 9 secs
V6 Diesel ver 2

2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2011 From $62,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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